Medicaid expansion passes Senate, goes to Dayton

Health care coverage would begin in January for tens of thousands as state opts in to subsidized federal plan.

Bill seeks to curb police use of drones

February 15, 2013
Bill seeks to limit use of drones for routine surveillance of citizens.

Minnesota lawmakers get education budget details

February 14, 2013
Dayton's plan would not completely repay the state's debt to public school districts until 2017.
State + Local
September 19, 2014
Elizabeth McKenzie, a 2009 grad of Cass Lake High School, said she was hurt in Afghanistan. But she wasn’t even in the military.

Aug. 23, 2011: Cass Lake's fake soldier pleads guilty

After being honored as a hero, Elizabeth McKenzie, 20, admitted never serving abroad.
As the polls were about to open for the day at the Brian Coyle Center an election worker who wished to not be identified walked to place a flag outsid
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State + Local
November 3, 2013
The city of Duluth is fighting to reinstate payments of $6 million a year from the band that owns the Fond-du-Luth Casino.

Feb. 15, 2012: Legal fight may tell if casinos are sucker's bet

Fortunes, futures at stake as Minnesota ponders expansion of gaming.
State + Local
August 17, 2013
GOP challenger Chris Fields, left, and Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison had the backing of raucous supporters during their debate Wednesday at the State

Fifth District candidates clash repeatedly at the fair

Ellison and Fields, holding their first congressional debate, found little common ground.
State + Local
May 3, 2013
Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe.

Young, old divide over Minnesota's marriage amendment

Age is a defining factor in who supports marriage amendment.
Where the Minnesota governor candidates stood on total fundraising as of their 1Q 2018 filings.
Campaign Finance: Governor Walz leads money race in bid for governor, Pawlenty close behind
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Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty has quickly eclipsed the rest of the Republican field in the race for governor. The crowded fundraising field is led by Pawlenty and DFL candidate Tim Walz.
State + Local
May 3, 2013
Anoka High student Nathan Lukasavitz, 15, made the case over the phone for Republican U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann from her campaign headquarters in Bla

Bachmann country is now a battleground

Ads are the latest sign of a fierce fight between high-profile Tea Party leader Michele Bachmann and atypical Democrat Jim Graves.
State + Local
May 3, 2013
U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann visited with Sixth District constituents in Keys Cafe & Bakery in Forest Lake, Thursday, September 27, 2012

Bachmann runs hard, holds lead on Graves

New poll has Sixth District GOP incumbent ahead of the Democratic newcomer.
State + Local
May 3, 2013
Sen. Al Franken

Franken starts year with $1.3M cushion and no clear challenger

Though no clear challenger has emerged for his 2014 re-election bid, the state GOP expects to land a "very high-quality" challenger.
State + Local
May 2, 2013
State Rep. Kurt Bills, left, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar tangled in an hourlong debate Thursday at the State Fair.

U.S. Senate race takes feisty turn

Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Republican challenger Kurt Bills went back and forth at the fair.
State + Local
May 2, 2013
State Rep. Kurt Bills, left, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar debated at the Minnesota State Fair.

Minnesota Poll: Klobuchar has healthy lead in Senate race

First-term U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar has support from a wide range of voters while her opponent, Kurt Bills, still lacks name recognition.
State + Local
May 2, 2013
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton.

Dayton girds for backlash on tax plan

When he ran for governor, he opposed expanding the sales tax. The governor has started a battle that will define his political career
State + Local
May 2, 2013
Gov. Mark Dayton was a featured speaker Tuesday at Farmfest, near Morgan, Minn. The governor, who says he takes antacids and acknowledged years ago th

Dayton denounces pill-popping accusation as a 'desperate' lie

Top Republican lawmakers said they had never seen him eat more than M&Ms.
State + Local
May 2, 2013
Gov. Mark Dayton unveiled his budget proposal Tuesday.

Dayton's budget plan: Widen sales tax, increase top income rate

High-wage earners would pay $1 billion more in income taxes, all Minnesotans would pay sales tax on pricier clothing and homeowners would see $500 yearly rebates under Gov. Mark Dayton's budget proposal.
State + Local
March 21, 2013
House Speaker Paul Thissen

Minimum-wage increase gathers steam in Minnesota

Legislators getting behind effort to increase state's base wage.
State + Local
February 19, 2013
Gov. Mark Dayton delivered his State of the State address before a relatively rare joint session of the Minnesota Legislature on Wednesday night.

Gov. Dayton delivers up a broadside on state budget

He used his State of the State address to tell his critics to get constructive or get out of the way.
State + Local
February 11, 2013

House passes bill to move thousands of Minnesotans onto Medicaid

The House passed a bill to move thousands of adults onto Medicaid, saving the state millions.
State + Local
February 11, 2013

Bill would give Minn. employers tax credit for hiring vets

Minnesota businesses that hire unemployed veterans would get a tax credit under legislation unveiled Monday.
State + Local
February 9, 2013
Hundreds of gun-rights supporters attended hearings on proposed restrictions, attesting to their right to self-defense

Feb. 7: Gun-rights supporters show their might at Capitol hearings

Proponents of restrictions cite violence, threat to safety.
State + Local
February 9, 2013
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton

Hotdish Politics: Dayton's e-mails offer slim pickings

Gov. Mark Dayton's publicly available e-mails are not very revealing.
State + Local
February 8, 2013
Michael Brodkorb

Brodkorb's blood alcohol over limit at time of crash

Former GOP state Senate staffer Michael Brodkorb had a blood-alcohol concentration over the legal limit at the time of a crash last month, according to the State Patrol.
State + Local
February 7, 2013

Got money to burn? Bill would double Minn. cigarette tax

A House hearing shows how legislators feel the need to make smoking more expensive.